I just finished a wonderful little book. It's "Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy?," by Linda Lysakowski. It's one of the "In the Trenches" books from CharityChannel Press and was published just last year.
Lysakowski is a seasoned fundraiser who is one of the only 100 fundraising professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) designation. She knows whereof she speaks when it comes to having a career in fundraising.
Lysakowski understands that most people have only a dim idea of what fundraisers do or even how nonprofits in general do their work. She starts at the beginning with an explanation of the nonprofit sector, proceeds to explain what fundrasing is all about and what options exist there, and then explains what it takes to be a successful fundraiser.
This tiny book is only 90 pages long, but it is really all a newcomer to nonprofit work needs to get a grip on a career in advancement. See most people don't even know what "advancement" and "development" mean. That's why they need Lysakowski's book.
Get yours at the CharityChannel website and recommend it to those people who ask, "What is fundraising again?" and "Just what do you do?"
"Fundraising as a Career" inspired my own article (which borrows rather heavily from Lysakowski), Have You Thought About Getting a Job in Fundraising?